Blog Section: Product Reviews

Dowco Guardian® Ultralite™ Plus

Mar 01, 2007 View Comments by

Being out on the road does not mean your bike needs relentless exposure to the elements. When you’re snug in your room or tent, why should your faithful ride have to rough it? The folks at Dowco have a perfectly valid answer to that question in their Guardian® Ultralite™ Plus motorcycle cover. Yeah, we’ve all […]

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BestRest Products Cycle Pump

Mar 01, 2007 View Comments by

You’re way off the beaten path and your tire goes flat, potentially a nightmare situation for the unprepared. Plugs and patches will fix the offending flaw, but playing the inflation game can be a whole new experience in frustration. Now, there’s no reason to be caught flat-footed and infuriated when BestRest Products Cycle Pump can […]

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British Motorcycle Gear Rapido Gloves

Mar 01, 2007 View Comments by

I always use BMG’s Rapido Gloves for my longer tours. Smooth on the inside, without any seams in the wrong places, they fit comfortably around my hands. BMG uses Grade-A semi-aniline leather with carbon leather molded knuckle protection. Strategically placed padding ensures good protection, and air vents at the fingertips provide suitable airflow. The thumb-and-forefinger […]

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Joe Rocket Speedmaster Back Protector

Mar 01, 2007 View Comments by

I guess the timing was perfect – Joe Rocket’s Speedmaster back protector arrived when I was doing a bit of soul searching about the level of protection I employ while riding. On a recent motorcycle trip in Europe, after noticing how many riders were including back protection as part of their normal routine, I decided […]

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Royal Enfield The Legend Rides On “Celebrating 50 Years In India”

Mar 01, 2007 View Comments by

If motorcycle history interests you, then you’ll appreciate Gordon May’s Royal Enfield, The Legend Rides On. Tracing the history of the marque from its beginnings in Redditch, England, in the late 1800s, to the iconic Bullet model produced today in the modern, Chennai, India factory, this fine coffee-table book is packed with lush photography and […]

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Lookwell Woodland Jacket & Storm Pants

Mar 01, 2007 View Comments by

No matter how well organized a tour may be, there’s no way to truly predict the weather. This was especially true on a recent tour in the Adirondacks. Though the forecasters promised clear skies during the planning stages, those rosy prognostications quickly went south as I ventured north. Thankfully, part of the trip’s strategy involved […]

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Triumph Sympatex® Explorer II Boots

Mar 01, 2007 View Comments by

These extremely light, very durable boots feature nu-buck and leather construction with easy-on Velcro™ closures. I’ve worn them in all weather conditions and found them equal to all others, at any price, that I’ve tested. Very comfortable when worn with an average-weight sock, they also live up to the maker’s claims of being wind and […]

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Crystal-Glo

Mar 01, 2007 View Comments by

Those warmer days are just over the horizon and the sun will be shining down on a new riding season. Why not make the most of those rays and have the surfaces of your precious ride reflect them for all to see? That’s a perfectly easy proposition if Crystal-Glo Acrylic Motorcycle Polish is part of […]

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Hein Gericke Tuareg Rallye GTX II Jacket and Pants

Mar 01, 2007 View Comments by

Well known for producing functional and stylish motorcycle gear, Hein Gericke has created an excellent option that addresses a woman’s needs in its Tuareg Rallye GTX II ensemble. Once on, this jacket and pants combination feels, quite simply, like a second skin. The designer’s commitment to quality and eye for detail show up in the […]

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Triumph Hard Carbon Gloves

Jan 01, 2007 View Comments by

These gloves are among the most comfortable we have tested, in a category where comfort is sometimes sacrificed for aesthetics and protection. They feature full-knuckle, carbon weave Keprotec® abrasion panels, double leather impact panels, raised wrist padding, 3M® night reflective piping, and ventilated finger sections. The leather is very soft and supple. The carbon weave […]

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Slime Power Sport Tire Inflator

Jan 01, 2007 View Comments by

Flat tires happen, it’s one of those terribly unpleasant aspects of spending time on the road. Thankfully, most street bike tires are the tubeless variety, which makes a roadside plug job a fairly painless procedure. Thanks to the folks at Slime, an easy, quick method of reinflation is at hand. The Power Sport Tire Inflator […]

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Fast Company Barracuda Jacket

Jan 01, 2007 View Comments by

The venerable black leather motorcycle jacket is justly revered as a fashion icon; but it could use a little updating, too. And rolling up at a top resort in a ratty old biker jacket doesn’t cut it anymore. So for my Palm Springs Shamrock Tour® this year, I wore Fast Company’s sharp-looking Barracuda jacket in […]

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Retro Leather Jacket and Classic Jeans from Triumph

Jan 01, 2007 View Comments by

The Retro jacket from Triumph has a great vintage look, with numerous Triumph logos. However, what really sets this jacket apart is its quality construction, fit, and attention to detail. The leather is 1.2 millimeters thick, yet very supple, with all key stress points double-stitched. European craftsmanship abounds inside and out, with ample pockets for […]

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Motonation Spidi Fjord H2OUT Touring Gloves

Jan 01, 2007 View Comments by

There’s only one complaint about Spidi regarding the Fjord H2OUT Touring Gloves. Their claim of ‘all weather’ could be somewhat of an exaggeration if the gloves are used in warm weather. They are definitely more at home in cooler to cold temperatures than in a July, Atlanta rush hour. Now that winter has fallen across […]

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Santiago Boots

Jan 01, 2007 View Comments by

In combination with a dual-sport bike, these boots are a perfect fit. They come with decent shin protectors, an important feature for off-road use. Anyone who’s been hit by a stone flipped by a front wheel knows the feeling. Heel and toe reinforcements help protect the foot from pain, and the sturdy ankle construction could […]

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